How can I format a flash disk that was write protected due to a virus infection?

shubhank sharma May 8, 2011
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How can I format a write protected flash disk? It is write protected due to some kind of virus. And I am pretty sure about it. No tool such as HDD format tool or Partition Magic works against it. There is no switch and there is no problem with the registry. Please help me out. Flash disk is of iball company, 8GB.

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  1. Pupaenet7
    August 25, 2011 at 6:27 am

    try this usb format 100%worked.

  2. Tina
    May 15, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Shubhank Sharma,

    were you able to fix your drive with the tips above? Please do let us know whether it worked!

    • Blah
      March 27, 2012 at 11:42 am

      no it didnt work

  3. Oron Joffe
    May 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    If ha14's advice does not work for you, try to repartition the drive, splitting it into two partitions. Now format the first one. If this works, you can delete both partitions, create a new partition across the whole drive and format it again.

  4. Anonymous
    May 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Hi
    Try Hp format tool
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/HP-USB-Disk-Storage-Format-Tool.shtml

    or Neo Tool
    http://www.box.net/shared/9hgp81ndgs

    if dont work then try
    HDD Low Level Format Tool 2.36.1181
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/HDD-Low-Level-Format-Tool.shtml
    After the low level format, you may need to “Partition the
    drive“.
    For that:

    Run diskmgmt.msc in Run.
    In the disk management window, select the pen drive, right click on it and
    click on Format.
    Now choose the File System and Allocation Unit Size and do not check the
    boxes below.
    Click OK and the drive will be reusable after this.

    • Sab Devkota
      January 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      it also dosen'ty work regret system also do not work , after pluging in itg shows a dialogue box there 's written please remove write protection from volwme  ... in drivedeviceharddisk1dr34 ,      canu you tell it's solution please

      • Anonymous
        January 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

        perhaps like this
        Start > Run "cmd"
        type--> diskpart
        type--> list volume
        type--> select volume #
        type--> attributes disk clear readonly
        type--> x:>attrib -r /s /d (X= hard drive, usb key)

        or
        1. Go to run, type regedit and press enter.
        2. Navigate to the path:
        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlStorageDevicePolicies
        If the registry key StorageDevicePolicies does not exist, you will need to create it manually.
        3. Highlight StorageDevicePolicies, and then create a New DWORD (32-bit) Value named as WriteProtect.
        4. Double click the key WriteProtect in the right window and set the value to 0 in the Value Data Box and press OK button
        5. Restart your computer and see if this help
        there is a bat file here
        http://www.troublefixers.com/remove-write-protection-on-usb-pen-drive-or-memory-card-or-ipod/

        • Krunalpin2
          February 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm

          awsome trick...thanks bro....

        • Anonymous
          February 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm

          thanks for your input, glad that fixed your problem.

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